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Options and Working in iMessages

Working With Incoming Text Messages:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for February 24, 2020

These directions work when running VoiceOver.

If a message you receive indicates that it contains a photo, a video, an audio recording, a web link, or some other type of attachment, simply double-tap on the received message, from within the message conversation, to reveal the content. Then, swipe left and right to find various options, such as playing the content, sharing it to other apps, and so on. Web links will generally open directly in Safari, Apple’s powerful web browser.

While you are inside of a message conversation, if you swipe left and right to read individual messages within that conversation, you can swipe up and down on any message to choose from a variety of custom options, like copying the message, and reacting to the message, known as Tap Back. Tap Backs allow you to instantly send a heart, thumbs up, thumbs down, or other reaction symbols. To choose one, swipe up or down on an individual message until you hear, React, then double-tap. Swipe left and right to choose the desired reaction, then double-tap.

If you wish to copy the text of a message someone sent you, again, be sure you are already inside the conversation, and locate the individual message containing the desired text. Swipe up or down until you hear, Copy, then double-tap. The text of the message is now in your Clipboard for use anywhere you desire.

Choosing the More option from the Rotor will allow for additional options, including forwarding the message to another recipient.

When you are just in the Messages app itself, in the list of conversations, not in a specific conversation, you also have Rotor options, if you swipe up or down on any conversation. For example, you can delete an entire conversation, or you can hide all alerts from the recipient or group.

Additional options are available within each conversation, if you open a conversation, touch the top left of the screen where the Back button is located, then swipe right. You will come to the name or number/iMessage address of the sender, or the number of people, if it is a group conversation. Double-tap on that button containing the name/photo/number etc, and you will immediately be placed on an Audio button, allowing you to use FaceTime Audio or traditional calling. Swipe right for FaceTime Video, Swipe right one more time for the Info button. Double-tap this button for conversation details. From here you can name group conversations and also choose to see even more contact info for the sender, as well as adding and removing recipients from group threads. You can also browse all attachments sent to you in that conversation.

Finally, you can choose to share or send your current location in the conversation. When finished, double-tap Done.

Note that you can send other types of files, such as Pages documents, recordings in Voice Memos, websites in Safari, and much more, as attachments in Messages.

About iMessages

About iMessages:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for February 17, 2020

This information was composed through collaboration with those of us who are with the TTJTECH.NET Team, who are teaching the VoiceOver Class through the iTunes University app.

About iMessages:

Apple iMessage uses the Internet, such as Wi-Fi or a cellular data connection, while SMS and MMS messages utilize your carrier’s texting plan. iMessages can only be sent between Apple devices. Apple iMessages are end-to-end encrypted.

iMessages only work between iPhones (and other Apple devices such as iPads). If you are using an iPhone and you send a message to a friend on Android, it

will be sent as a SMS message and will be green. (This is true if just one person in a group message is on Android too.)

If there is no available data network, messages to other iPhones will also be sent as SMS text messages.

iMessaging offers a lot of cool features. With iMessage, you can share your location, send walkie-talkie style voice messages, get confirmation your message has been delivered, get read receipts, and see whether someone is replying to your message in real time (those animated little

grey dots that show up underneath your message). More recent innovations in iMessage include being able to send stickers, animated GIFs, share music, and even send money using Apple Pay.

iMessage also syncs with your iCloud account, so if you lose your phone or get a new one, you can take your messages with you.

The process for sending and receiving messages is exactly the same, regardless the type of message, but some features may not be available unless you are using iMessage.

Ways to respond to an incoming message:

Double-tap on a conversation to open it. Swipe left and right to read through messages in the conversation. Use the Vertical Scroll Bar or the three finger swipe up and down to quickly jump to earlier or later portions of any conversation.

To the left of the Message Edit field is a button which allows you to show or hide the iMessage App Drawer. With Messaging apps, you can send photos and videos from your library, send animated sketches and drawings, express your feelings in other ways, send and request money with Apple Pay Cash, send stickers, use Animoji and Memoji, play games, share a song, and much, much more. A variety of apps, such as Photos, Digital Touch, Animoji, Stickers, and Apple Pay, are already available on your devices, while other iMessage apps and sticker packs can be downloaded from the App Store, some for free, and others for a cost.

Note that the Photos iMessage app is the only iMessage app that will work with non-Apple recipients.

To work with iMessage apps, double-tap on the Apps button, then swipe right past the Edit field and so on to choose an app. The app card for the currently selected app can usually be found directly to the right of the Message Edit Field and the Send button.

Taking Photos and Videos in Messages:

About iMessages: Rita’s iDevice Advice for February 17, 2020This information was composed through collaboration with those of us who are with the TTJTECH.NET Team, who are teaching the VoiceOver Class through the iTunes University app.About iMessages:Apple iMessage uses the Internet, such as Wi-Fi or a cellular data connection, while SMS and MMS messages utilize your carrier’s texting plan. iMessages can only be sent between Apple devices. Apple iMessages are end-to-end encrypted.iMessages only work between iPhones (and other Apple devices such as iPads). If you are using an iPhone and you send a message to a friend on Android, itwill be sent as a SMS message and will be green. (This is true if just one person in a group message is on Android too.)If there is no available data network, messages to other iPhones will also be sent as SMS text messages.iMessaging offers a lot of cool features. With iMessage, you can share your location, send walkie-talkie style voice messages, get confirmation your message has been delivered, get read receipts, and see whether someone is replying to your message in real time (those animated littlegrey dots that show up underneath your message). More recent innovations in iMessage include being able to send stickers, animated GIFs, share music, and even send money using Apple Pay.iMessage also syncs with your iCloud account, so if you lose your phone or get a new one, you can take your messages with you.The process for sending and receiving messages is exactly the same, regardless the type of message, but some features may not be available unless you are using iMessage.Ways to respond to an incoming message:Double-tap on a conversation to open it. Swipe left and right to read through messages in the conversation. Use the Vertical Scroll Bar or the three finger swipe up and down to quickly jump to earlier or later portions of any conversation.To the left of the Message Edit field is a button which allows you to show or hide the iMessage App Drawer. With Messaging apps, you can send photos and videos from your library, send animated sketches and drawings, express your feelings in other ways, send and request money with Apple Pay Cash, send stickers, use Animoji and Memoji, play games, share a song, and much, much more. A variety of apps, such as Photos, Digital Touch, Animoji, Stickers, and Apple Pay, are already available on your devices, while other iMessage apps and sticker packs can be downloaded from the App Store, some for free, and others for a cost.Note that the Photos iMessage app is the only iMessage app that will work with non-Apple recipients.To work with iMessage apps, double-tap on the Apps button, then swipe right past the Edit field and so on to choose an app. The app card for the currently selected app can usually be found directly to the right of the Message Edit Field and the Send button.Taking Photos and Videos in Messages:To the left of the Apps button is the Camera button. Double-tapping this button allows you to begin taking a photo or video to attach to the message conversation.

Sending Text Messages

Sending Text Messages, Using VoiceOver:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for February 10, 2020

This information was composed through collaboration with those of us who are the with the TTJTECH.NET Team, who are teaching the VoiceOver Class through the iTunes University app.

The Apple Messages app is extremely powerful. Welcome to the future of messaging, where your messages can be much more than just text.

Through the Messages app, you can send and receive iMessages, SMS messages, and MMS messages.

Sighted users can distinguish the type of message being received by the color of the message bubbles. SMS and MMS messages use a green bubble, while Apple iMessages have a blue bubble.

Apple iMessage uses the Internet, such as Wi-Fi or a cellular data connection, while SMS and MMS messages utilize your carrier’s texting plan. iMessages can only be sent between Apple devices. Apple iMessages are end-to-end encrypted.

The process for sending and receiving messages is exactly the same, regardless of the type of message, but some features may not be available unless you are using iMessage.

Navigating the Messages App with Voiceover:

When you first open the Messages app, you are placed in the list of message conversations. Near the upper left of the screen is the More button. Double-tapping this button allows you to select multiple message conversations with which to work. It also provides an option for you to edit your name and photo, assuming you have already set this up.

On the upper right of the screen is the Compose button. The rest of the screen is taken up by the list of existing message conversations, assuming you currently have any. As you swipe left and right through these conversations, the name or number of the other party is spoken by Voiceover, along with the most recent message in that conversation. Double-tap on a conversation to open it. Swipe left and right to read through messages in the conversation. Use the Vertical Scroll Bar or the three finger swipe up and down to quickly jump to earlier or later portions of any conversation.

Tap near the bottom center of your iPhone screen to find the edit field where you can begin typing a message to the other person in the conversation.

Composing a New Message:

If you do not wish to open an existing conversation, but wish instead to compose an entirely new message, you can open the Messages app, then tap near the top right corner of the screen to find the Compose button. Double-tap to begin. You are immediately placed in the, “To”, field. If the desired recipient is in your Contacts, type the first few letters of the person’s first or last name, such as “JEN” for Jenna, “JOH” for John, and so on. After typing a letter or two, reach up above the on-screen keyboard, near the left, and tap once. You will hear the name of a contact that includes the letters you have typed. If it is the one you want, double-tap it to continue. If not, swipe left and right to hear other matching results, or type more letters to further narrow your search. Messages displays results from your contacts, as well as SIRI suggested results from other apps. If a particular contact has more than one contact method associated with it, the preselected method, such as the contact’s iPhone number, is spoken when you tap once on their name. If you wish to proceed with this, double-tap on the name to insert it. If you wish to use a different contact method for that person, swipe to the right one time to find the Expand Options Chevron. Double-tap on that arrow to show additional contact options, then double-tap the one you want.

Sending a message to a group? No problem. After inserting the first recipient by double-tapping on the correct name as described above, immediately begin typing the first few letters of the next recipient’s name and repeat the above steps to find and double-tap on the correct result. Repeat this process as many times as you need to in order to add all desired recipients to the group.

As an alternative to this method, you can swipe once to the right of the, “To”, field, to find the “Add Contacts” button, and double-tap on it. This provides an interface where you can browse your entire list of contacts and select the one you want. Similar to the first method, this process can be repeated if you are sending a message to a group.

Don’t have the desired recipients in your contacts? Just enter a ten digit phone number, or an Apple ID or other iMessage email address, into the To field. If composing a group message, double-tap the Return key on the bottom right of your on-screen keyboard, after entering the number or address of a person who is not in your contacts.

To review the recipient (s) in your conversation, tap once on the To field, then swipe to the right.

To begin typing some text, tap once near the bottom center of the screen to find the Message Edit Field, then double-tap to open the edit field.

Type what you want, then tap once in the Message Edit field, now directly in the center of the screen above the virtual keyboard. Then swipe right to the Send button, and double-tap it to send the message.

Tip: When sending iMessages, you can swipe left from the edit field after sending your message, to find the status of the message. Voiceover will tell you whether the message has been delivered to the recipient’s device by saying, “Delivered”. If the recipient has “Send Read Receipts” enabled, you will also be able to find out when the person has actually opened your message._._,_._,_


How to Take a Screenshot on Any iPhone, and How to add a VoiceOver text label to the Screenshot: Rita’s iDevice Advice for February 3, 2020A screenshot, or screen capture, is a photo of whatever is on your iPhone screen.Note: These instructions were written for sighted persons, who are not using voiceOver. If you are using VoiceOver: when the instructions say “Tap on an item”, perform a one finger double tap.How to Take a Screenshot on an iPhone X & LaterBy now, we’re all used to the presence of the Home button. So how do you get a screenshot on an iPhone without a Home buttons, such as the iPhone XS, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, or iPhone 11 Pro?Navigate to the screen you want to capture.Simultaneously press the Side button on the right-hand side (this has also been called the Sleep/Wake button) and the volume up button on the left side.Quickly release both buttons.When you see the screen flash white (and possibly hear the camera shutter), the screenshot has been captured and added to your Photos app.You’ll also see a thumbnail of the screenshot you’ve captured on your screen for a few seconds.If you tap on this thumbnail, you can use Markup to draw and write on your screenshotHow to take a Screenshot on an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus & Earlier ModelsLocate your Sleep/Wake button.Depending on the model of iPhone, your Sleep/Wake button may be at the top of your phone (older models) or on the right side of it (newer models).To take a screenshot, simultaneously press both your Sleep/Wake and Home button, then quickly release them.The screen will flash white, letting you know a screenshot was taken.As with the iPhone X and later, a thumbnail of your screenshot will appear in the lower-left corner of your screen; you’ll have the option to tap the thumbnail and use Markup.Open your Photos app to see the screenshot you just took.to label screen shots or pictures, when you are running VoiceOver, do the following:If you have an iPhone X: tap the Sleep Wake button and the Volume up or down buttons simultaneously in order to take a screen shot.locate the screen shot or picture from your camera role, it will already be labeled with a date and time.Open the picture with a one finger double tap. Flick right until you hear the date and time that the photo was taken: for example “February 3, 2020 7:37AM: Perform a two finger double tap and hold on the second tap.You will hear a three long beep sound. This brings up the on screen keyboard and places the VoiceOver cursor in the first element of an editable text field.Type the name of the photo: such as picture of my cat “Phil” playing with a scrunched paper ball, on February 3rd 2020.This also works with Screen Shots.Then locate the “Save” button which is located near the upper right on the screen, or you can keep flicking left with one finger until you locate the Save button. Perform a one finger double tap.Your screen shot or photo will now have a text label when you are in the camera role of your photos app.

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Two Factor Authentication: Rita’s iDevice Advice for January 13, 2020

 

Two Factor Authentication:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for January 13, 2020

This article comes from MacWorld

Set up a password manager and two-factor authentication:

The most common password in 2019 was 123456. The second most popular was 123456789 followed by qwerty and password. And people wonder why their Ring security cameras were broken into (they weren’t hacked, customers just used bad passwords or reused passwords from other accounts). By now you’ve heard it a hundred times: It’s extremely important to use different password for every site and service, and for those passwords to be complex and hard to guess. The best way to make that happen is to use a good password manager. For your most important sites and services, you should also use two-factor authentication (2FA). That means popular social media accounts, banks, email, and large ecosystem accounts like your Microsoft, Amazon, or Google accounts. Apple You should definitely have 2FA enabled on your Apple ID, and other important accounts, too. Fortunately, iOS has a fairly good built-in password manager that even warns you about re-using passwords. If you want to use a third-party password manager (a great idea if you use non-Mac computers, browsers other than Safari, or share passwords with family members for things like your Netflix account), iOS will offer up login info from them for sites and apps. The best password managers even let you fill in your login and password with Touch ID or Face ID, so it’s both secure and easy. Don’t know where to start? We suggest either 1Password or LastPass for password managers, and Authy is a great app for generating codes for two-factor authentication. Using an authentication app like Authy is more secure than relying on SMS messages for 2FA. At the very least, you should set up 2Factor Authentication for your Apple ID ! Oh, and make sure your six-digit numeric passcode to unlock your iPhone is different from the PIN you use anywhere else. 

 

Here is an explanation on Two Factor Authentication from Matt Vollbrecht

First, Two-Step Verification versus Two-Factor Authentication:

Both Two Step Verification and Two-Factor Authentication are enhanced security measures to protect your Apple ID, but Two Step Verification is the older method. Two-Factor Authentication is Apple’s latest and most secure system, and it is the recommended system going forward. Therefore, the remainder of this post will discuss Two-Factor, not Two-Step. If you are currently still using Two-Step Verification, or if you suspect that you might be using it, log into your Apple ID Account Management Page at http://appleid.apple.com<http://appleid.apple.com/> , go to Security, click Edit, and turn off Two-Step Verification, then create new security questions and verify your date of birth. Now, check to make sure that you are still signed into iCloud on all your iOS and Mac devices. Once you have done this, you can proceed to enable Two-Factor Authentication

So what is Two-Factor Authentication anyway?

Two-Factor Authentication is an extra layer of security for your Apple ID. It ensures that you are the only person who can access your account, even if someone else has your password. Two-Factor Authentication significantly enhances the security of your Apple ID and all of the important data, such as photos, Messages, documents, purchases, and more, that are associated with it.

How It Works:

When you enable TFA, two pieces of information are required to sign into your Apple account from new devices and browsers – your Apple ID password and a six-digit verification code. This verification code is a one-time use code that is sent to trusted devices, but more on that later.

Should I Use Two-Factor Authentication?

In a word, absolutely! While of course these things are personal preference, TFA drastically improves the security of your account, providing protection and privacy for all your data. As previously stated, even if another person has your password, you have to approve their access to your account and provide them with an authentication code in order for them to actually have access.

In addition to the extra security provided, TFA also prevents you from ever needing security questions again. Finally, several new features, such as Messages in iCloud, Apple Watch Unlock with Mac, and even HomePod setup now require or recommend TFA.

How will using Two-Factor Authentication affect me on a day-to-day basis?

 

It won’t. Once you initially sign into your account from a particular iOS or Mac device, that device becomes a Trusted Device. You don’t need to do anything extra at all. Nothing will change about the way you access, unlock, or use your devices. Even if for some reason you sign out and back in, it doesn’t matter. Once again, nothing will change, except the peace of mind you’ll have from the extra security for your account.

If you purchase a new Apple device, or if you sign in on a new device or web browser, you will have to go through a one-time authentication process. This can also happen if you restore a device to factory settings and then sign in, although if you use a near by device to set up the new or restored device, the process is avoided.

The process of authenticating is extremely easy. When you attempt to sign in from a new device or browser for the first time, all of your trusted devices get an immediate notification. Remember, trusted devices are any iOS and Mac OS devices that you have already signed in and approved. Trusted devices can also generate a verification code upon request from Settings.

As stated, all your trusted devices will receive the sign in notification. The notification shows the approximate location of the device that is attempting to access your Apple ID. You may use any trusted device you wish. Simply choose to allow the new device to sign in, or choose don’t allow if you don’t recognize the device etc. when you choose allow, you will be presented with the six digit code which you must enter on the new device. That’s it. You’re in, simple as that.

If for some reason you do not have access to any trusted devices at a particular time, you may then choose to instead have the verification code sent as a text message or as an automated phone call to one of your trusted phone numbers When you set up Two-Factor Authentication, you will be asked to provide at least one trusted phone number. It is strongly recommended that you add additional trusted phone numbers (I think you can have up to five if I remember correctly), and that you always keep your trusted phone numbers up-to-date. You can use numbers of family members or close friends whom you trust, and you can even use home phone numbers.

Things to Keep in Mind:

When you turn on Two Factor Authentication, certain third-party apps cannot directly handle that interface. These include third-party email clients and other apps not provided by Apple. For these situations, you can generate an app-specific password to allow those apps to access your account. generate the app-specific password.

Do not forget your Apple ID password. You will always need this. Also, be sure to always keep your trusted phone numbers up-to-date.

Make sure you physically keep your trusted devices secure, and be sure to use unlock authentication, such as a passcode and either Touch ID or Face ID

How to get Siri to read your text messages aloud

How to Get Siri to Read Your Messages Aloud:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for January 6, 2020

Siri will only announce your messages as they arrive if you are using one of a small list of compatible earbuds:

*           AirPods (2nd Generation)

*           AirPods Pro,

*           Powerbeats Pro 

*           Beats Solo Pro

There is a way to hear your messages read without compatible earbuds, but it’s not as good. Tell Siri something like: “Hey Siri, read my messages,” and Siri will read your new messages to you. This is available all the time, but Siri will only read messages when you give the command. If you want Siri to read new messages as they arrive, without your having to ask, then you need compatible earbuds, and to follow these steps:

1.  Open the Settings app.

2.  Tap Notifications.

3.  Tap Announce Messages with Siri to enter a menu of options related to the feature.

If you don’t see this option, skip to step 5.

4.  Toggle Announce Messages with Siri.

5.  If the option to have Siri read your messages through your compatible earbuds is not available, then you may need to unpair and re-pair your earbuds.

6.  Open the Settings app.

7.  Tap Bluetooth.

8.  Look for your earbuds and tap the “i” in a circle.

9.  Tap Forget This Device.

10.  Then pair your compatible earbuds again.

11.  To pair second generation AirPods, open the charging case and bring them near your iPhone. Follow the prompts to pair your earbuds. 

12.  A popup window will appear offering the option to Announce Messages With Siri.

13.  Tap Announce Messages With Siri.

14.  Siri will only read new messages if they arrive when the screen is off and your compatible earbuds are in your ears.

15.  After Siri has read a text to you, Siri will start listening for your reply. You can answer without saying, “Hey Siri.”

You have now learned two ways to have Siri read your text messages! Now you know how to hear what your message says, even with your iPhone still in your pocket.

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